All Posts By Maria Russo

Maria Russo is an editor at Food Network, now living in New York City after being born and raised in the great state of Michigan. She likes her eggs runny, her pasta cheesy and has been known to throw back dozens of oysters at a time.

Christmas at Bobby’s Earns a James Beard Foundation Award Nomination

by in News, Shows, March 15th, 2016

Christmas at Bobby'sThe holiday season just keeps on giving. This afternoon the James Beard Foundation announced its 2016 nominees for Book, Broadcast and Journalism Awards, and like in years past, Scripps Networks Interactive programming earned high industry praises.

Christmas at Bobby’s scored a nomination in the Specials category of the Broadcast Media Awards, alongside fellow nominees CBS Sunday Morning: The Food Issue: Eat Drink & Be Merry, which airs on CBS, and PBS’ Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays. Premiering in December 2015, Christmas at Bobby’s brought together Bobby Flay and some of his closest Food Network pals, like Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee and Geoffrey Zakarian, at Bobby’s New York City apartment; they enjoyed a seasonal slumber party complete with eats, drinks and a game of Secret Santa. Missed the premiere? Check out behind-the-scenes photos to see what went down at Bobby’s place.

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Weeknight Dinner Workhorse: Giada’s Easy Marinara Sauce — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, March 14th, 2016

Marinara SauceSimple recipes are good, but an easy recipe that serves multiple purposes is even better, and there’s perhaps no other culinary workhorse quite like marinara sauce. From baked eggs and eggplant Parmesan to pizza and pasta, there’s no shortage of ways to put this quick-fix sauce to work.

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The “Shock-Shuka” of a Sabotage — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, March 13th, 2016

It’s the name of the Cutthroat Kitchen game: Chefs don’t know which sabotages in particular will befall them in any given round of competition. But two contestants on tonight’s episode were in for perhaps the ultimate shock when host Alton Brown unveiled the “shock-shuka” challenge.

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Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, March 13th, 2016

Balsamic Strawberries and Ricotta CreamTrust us when we say that this isn’t your everyday fruit dessert. This week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week (pictured above) starts with juicy, fresh strawberries and transforms them with an ingredient sidekick: balsamic vinegar. Not just for your salad dressings, this tangy vinegar turns sweet and syrupy when reduced, and offers a welcome bite when paired with the berries. Serve the strawberries atop smooth vanilla-laced ricotta cheese for a cool, creamy treat that’s surprisingly healthy (yes, really).

For more sweet and savory favorites, check out Food Network’s Let’s Cook Comfort Food board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cream

2 Ways to Make Savory Pies for Pi Day

by in Recipes, Shows, March 12th, 2016

Katie Lee's Chicken Pot PieIf you think pies are served only for dessert, with thick and syrupy sweetened-fruit fillings, think again. The co-hosts on The Kitchen introduced savory versions on this morning’s episode, just in time for Pi Day (March 14, aka 3.14). While Katie Lee’s next-level take on a chicken pot pie brings new possibilities for dinnertime decadence, Sunny Anderson’s breakfast-inspired pie reinvents the shepherd’s pie wheel. Read on below to get their recipes and see how they do it.

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Meet Your St. Paddy’s Day BFF: The Boozy Green Mint Milkshake

by in Holidays, Recipes, March 11th, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Mint Schnapps ShakesYou know those seasonal mint milkshakes that are sold at a certain fast-food joint around St. Patrick’s Day? Those can be expensive and packed with ingredients you may or may not be able to pronounce. Not ideal, right? Enter your new favorite frosty March treat.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Katie Lee

by in Food Network Chef, March 11th, 2016

Katie LeeYou’ve met her too-cute-for-words pup Fionula, and you know that she’s a self-confessed “major workoutaholic.” But did you know that Katie Lee happens to carry hot sauce around in her purse? Yep, that’s true. FN Dish caught up with Katie at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where she showcased the brand-new recipes she created with Nutchello, a craveable drink made with plant-based milk. Read on below to hear more about those hot-sauce packets, and find out more little-known facts about this co-host of The Kitchen.

Is there one dish or ingredient that you just stay away from completely? Something you really hate?

Katie Lee: I hate wasabi. And I love spicy food, so I’m not sure why I have this aversion to wasabi, but I really detest it. Like, wasabi mashed potatoes are, like, blah. No way.

Do you have a favorite guilty-pleasure food?
KL: French fries. I think that the french fries are, basically, they’re just to harbor ketchup. So, french fries with a lot of ketchup and really salty.

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Restaurant Ambush Revisited: Faded Star at Starlite Restaurant and Pizza

by in Shows, March 9th, 2016

Restaurant Ambush Revisited: Starlite Restaurant and PizzaIn the new-season premiere of Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his Ambush team gave one New Jersey restaurant owner the shock of her life when they showed up with an offer to renovate her West Orange, N.J., eatery, Starlite Restaurant and Pizza. Patty’s son reached out to Robert after noticing his mom’s struggles, and only after arriving did Robert see for himself the filth that had accumulated in the kitchen, as well as the stubborn staff and sorry financials. Read on below to hear from Patty to find out how her business has fared since Robert and his team overhauled her restaurant and gave it the second chance for success it deserved.

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Root Vegetable Slab Pie — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, March 7th, 2016

Root Vegetable Slab PieSavory slab pie: Consider this the pot pie’s dressed-up cousin. Just like the traditional version you know and love, the slab pie features a creamy, savory filling surrounded by a base and topping of flaky, golden pastry, but instead of being built in a round pie pan, it’s spread out slab-style and cooked on a baking sheet.

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It Doesn’t Get More Authentic Than a Concrete Made in a Cement Mixer — Testing the Cutthroat Kitchen Sabotages

by in Shows, March 6th, 2016

On tonight’s new episode of Cutthroat Kitchen, the name of the game in Round 3 was concrete, both literally and figuratively. Not only were chefs tasked with prepping this frozen concoction, but a doozy of a sabotage mandated that one chef had to make the dessert in — what else? — a cement mixer. Such a challenge was new for competitors and the Cutthroat culinary crew alike, so the team behind the scenes attempted the sabotage before host Alton Brown could sell it at auction.

Cutthroat Kitchen food stylist Abel Gonzalez took control of this latest test, pouring the essentials for classic custard — eggs, sugar and cream — into the deep, wide-mouthed mixing machine. “So I have to say, this is looking great,” Abel admitted after using the machine and his own whisk to thoroughly blend the ingredients. “I have a custard base here.”

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